Who We Serve

Critical Skills Nonprofit (CSN) serves organizations and individuals who demonstrate a compelling need for communication or leadership skills training and who would otherwise not receive assistance. Special consideration is given to marginalized populations.

Low Income or Chronically Underserved Populations

Top quality communication and leadership skills training costs money, pricing out many people who could benefit significantly from receiving it. Critical Skills Nonprofit fills this gap by providing the highest quality communication and leadership skills training for low income and other underserved populations.

Nonprofit Organizations in Need

Critical Skills Nonprofit offers staff training and train-the-trainer sessions for nonprofit organizations that directly serve marginalized, low income, disabled, disfigured, or underserved populations.

For your staff, Critical Skills Nonprofit can configure any of the communication or leadership skills classes listed on this website.

For the people you serve, Critical Skills Nonprofit can teach a class or provide your nonprofit with a train-the-trainer session on any of our communication or leadership topics.

If you can cover travel expenses for CSN instructors, we will ask you to do this so that we can preserve CSN’s funding for direct charitable support. If you are unable to pay for instructor travel expenses, CSN will cover these costs.

Peer-to-Peer Training

Because nothing beats first-hand experience, Critical Skills Nonprofit offers peer-to-peer training to equip those who have already walked the walk to learn how to effectively teach others. In peer-to-peer training, former inmates who have rehabilitated themselves teach new parolees how to apply for jobs and handle an employment interview, an older accident victim shares communication strategies for talking about a disability with someone who has been recently paralyzed, and one burn victim shares with another the best ways to talk about his or her injuries.

Critical Skills Nonprofit trains peer teachers so that, where possible, communication and leadership skills training is conducted by people who have already walked in the students’ shoes.